How do we conduct our worship to God?
At Ripley Street, expect a warm welcome from a group of people who are glad you’re with us. We will not embarrass you, call on you or single you out. God commanded that our worship be meaningful and dignified, following the pattern that He set out in the Bible. What should you expect, then? Expect a simple, uncomplicated and moving worship that follows the New Testament pattern.
New Testament Worship: Simple, Uncomplicated and Moving
Among early Christians we read about in the New Testament, worship was something that all believers participated in every Sunday, not something they watched. On the first day of EVERY week they would eat the Lord’s Supper and hear preaching (Acts 20:7; I Corinthians 11:23-29). They would share their mutual responsibilities by sharing their prosperity (giving to a common treasury), and we find no other examples or commands of collections other than this (I Corinthians 16:1-2). No church hierarchy could tell them how much money to give. They had no “church organizations” clamoring for their money and telling them how much to “tithe,” but they each member in the New Testament “purposed in their own hearts” (II Corinthians 9:6-7).
In their assemblies they would all sing (Ephesians 5:19) and all would pray while various men of the assembly would lead them (I Corinthians 14:15-16). No one person performed the worship, but each worshiped God as commanded by Jesus Christ. It was simple but powerful, because each person had a responsibility to worship in spirit and in truth.
God commands that we worship “decently and in order” (I Corinthians 14:40). God didn’t make worship a time to be entertained, a time to hear a church orchestra or listen to a powerful, motivating orator. God gave us worship as a time to thoughtfully and prayerfully turn our hearts and our minds to ways in which we can better serve Him, serve our fellow man and to serve each other.
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